Monday, October 14, 2013

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for the weekend of October 19, 2013 to October 20, 2013:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Introduction to Birdwatching
Explore the Park's natural areas and learn how to look for amazing birds.


Brooklyn Bird Club
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Caumsett State Park, Long Island
Leader: Lenore Swenson
Focus: Sparrows and passerines, grassland species, raptors
Car fee: $25.00
Registrar: Donna Evans, email (preferred) or call 1-646-763-0198 before 9PM
Registration period: Oct 8th - Oct 17th


Gowanus Dredgers
Saturday, October 19, 2013, 1pm – 5pm
Canoe Gowanus Canal
Bring a friend for a self-guided Canoe trip sponsored by the Gowanus Dredgers to raise awareness of Harbor Issues www.gowanuscana​
Today's event is in collaboration with Open House NY so expect a line!


Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Prospect Park for Sparrows and Late Migrants
Leader: Gil Schrank – information only or 718-788-6549
No registration – public transportation
Meet at Prospect Park West and 9th Street (Lafayette Statue) at 8:00 am


Littoral Society
Saturday, October 19, 2013, 01:00pm - 03:00pm
Breezy Point
Join the American Littoral Society's Northeast Chapter for a fall hike in Breezy Point, Queens, the little known western tip of the Rockaway Peninsula.
Meet at Building 1 in Fort Tilden, Queens and carpool to Breezy Point.
This tour will be led by naturalist and local expert, Mickey Cohenn. Highlights will include dune foliage, shorebirds and a surprising assortment of rocks and minerals used in the construction of the Breezy Point Jetty.
This hike is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to:
This program is in partnership with Gateway National Recreation Area.
Location : Meet at Fort Tilden, Queens, then carpool to Breezy Point.
Contact :


New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Debbie Becker leads a free bird walk at the Garden every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. beginning at the Reflecting Pool in the Leon Levy Visitor Center


New York City Audubon Society
Saturday, October 19, 2013, 8am – 6pm
Hawk Mountain
Guides: Gabriel Willow, Hawk Mountain raptor educator Come to Hawk Mountain with NYC Audubon! Mid-October is the perfect time to visit Hawk Mountain, one of the premier hawk-watching locations in the East. A Hawk Mountain educator will introduce us to the great variety of raptors that may be seen, including golden eagles, buteos, and falcons--and Gabriel Willow will be on hand to help with bird ID throughout the day. The path to the official hawk watch site is a 3/4-mile hike through lovely mountainous woodland.
Bring lunch, water, and binoculars. Group program, trail admission, and transport by coach included. Participants may also arrange their own transportation. Transportation option limited to 30.
$85 with transport / $20 without transport
Click here to register!

Saturday, October 19, 2013, 8:00am – 9:30am
Van Cortlandt Bird Walk
Guides: NYC Audubon Naturalists or Urban Park Rangers With the Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, and Urban Park Rangers. Meet at Van Cortlandt Nature Center. The history of birding and Van Cortlandt Park are inseparable. Influential birders such as Roger Tory Peterson and Allan D. Cruickshank got their starts on Van Cortlandt’s ecologically diverse grounds. These walks celebrate the tradition set forth by these great ornithologists. Participants will look for various species of residents and migrants and discuss a wide range of avian topics.
For more information, please call 718-548-0912.
No registration necessary. No limit. Free.

Sunday, October 20, 2013, 10am – 11am
Birding for Families
Dana Discovery Center, Central Park, New York, NY
Sundays, September 1 - November 24, 10-11am Guides: NYC Audubon Offered by the Central Park Conservancy Meet at the Dana Discovery Center (inside the Park at 110th Street between Lenox and Fifth Avenues). Bring the kids and visit one of New York City’s richest bird habitats. Learn as a family how to spot and identify our feathered neighbors in their natural surroundings. Binoculars can be borrowed from the Visitor Center. For weather cancellation information, call 212-860-1370. Limited to 20. Age 5 and up. Free.
Click here to learn more and to register


Protectors of Pine Oak Woods
Saturday, October 19, 2013, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Forest Restoration Workshop at the Greenbelt Nature Center
Meet in the Nature Center parking lot at Rockland Avenue and Brielle (additional parking at the Recreation Center nearby). We will remove invasive shrubs from areas adjacent to the Nature Trail. Protectors will supply tools, gloves and refreshments. After a two hour work session (our 207th monthly workshop), we will take a short walk over nearby trails.
For more information call Don Recklies at 718-768-9036 or Chuck Perry at 718-667-1393.

Sunday, October 20, 2013, 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Greenbelt Loop and Lunch
We’ll walk 4.3 moderate miles starting and ending at the Greenbelt Nature Center, with lunch at High Rock. This walk includes a gradual climb up Moses’ Mountain. Bring ample water and lunch. Wear a long-sleeved shirt, comfortable pants and a hat. Meet at 10:30 a.m. sharp at the Greenbelt Nature Center on Rockland and Brielle Avenues. Rain postpones the event to the same time on Sunday, October 27.
For more information, e-mail Hillel Lofaso at or call 718-477-0545.


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Bird Walks at Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx
8:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
Bird Walks focus on wildlife happenings in the park and are led by NYC Audubon experts or the Urban Park Rangers.

Sunday, October 20, 2013
Birding for Families at Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park), Manhattan
10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Take the kids on a walk through one of New York City’s richest bird habitats — the North Woods. Learn how to spot and identify our feathered neighbors in their natural surroundings...

Our Feathered Friends: From Fall Migrants to FeederWatch at High Rock Gate (in High Rock Park), Staten Island
2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Bird's the word! Join us for a presentation on the birds you can see in the flying through the Greenbelt now, such as warblers and hawks, and our friends who will be visiting the…

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